The State Department is reporting an unprecedented 500,000 passport renewal applications each week due to a post-pandemic surge of Americans looking to travel internationally. NBC News’ Tom Costello shares more on the backlog.
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#Passport #Pandemic #Travel
Interesting news coverage about length of time people have to wait for a passport.
The thing is this has been happening for months a long time. Also the state department is closed for face to face due to covid. So if you need to get documents authenticated it can take 3 months this complicates thing if you need to apply for a work visa for certain countries.
I mean…..I’d probably know that I’m going to be traveling……I’d probably get my passport renewed with ample time instead of waiting until the last minute
Yes yes yes I know there are some circumstances where you need to leave suddenly
I renewed my passport and applied for 2 first time passport in January. I got my back before 3 weeks and the news one in 6 weeks, none was expedited. Did them in person.
Seems like a terrible time to travel outside the country to anywhere right now.
Passport spots are booked everywhere around here in LA. Managed to snag a spot in another city, though.
And we all know why. And it got nothing to do with the pandemic.
I have dual citizenship and I can walk into the consulate and get my passport in under an hour. Why doesn’t the US offer this service? How is the US so behind other countries?
What part of high demand and low staff did you not get?
What country was that? Is it bigger than US? There are a lot of people in US.
Same but when I renewed (US) I got everything within two weeks so I think if you are dual or triple citizen things speed up? Idk? but I’ve been asked how I have 2 pp while traveling lol I tell them divorced parents
You literally can do this. If you have urgent travel plans, you can schedule an appointment directly at an agency and have the passport the same day.
Mine took a bit and it want bad. Took 3-4 months. The rest? Theirs took around 2
The State Department is no different than the IRS. I mailed my check in on 01 March 21 and it was cashed on 15 Mar 21. I get a letter in Dec 2021 stating I had a credit which was the amount I mailed in but they didn’t have my forms. Nice, considering my forms with check were sent to Louisville, and the IRS in Kansas City sent me the notice I had a credit. I went in to speed mode, getting copies of forms, copy of my check, and even having everything notarized. Six months later, I get another letter stating I don’t have a credit but owe them more money and interest was added. This year, I decided I would go to HR Block and see if how this years taxes work out. Federal Government using the Pandemic for all delays on everything.
I renewed my password online last December. The passport arrived in 9 weeks. The passport card took a few more weeks. 3 months is about right.
Thank you for your post, I renewed my passport online Jan 4, 2023, I checked everyday status only show “received”, I called but there can’t do nothing for me after almost 4 hours wait. I hope I can get mine like yours about 3 months 🙏🙏
I renewed online on Jan 5. 11 weeks later, i still don’t have it.
@ltlwatcher Did you do it regular routine or expedited?
Everyone knows you need to apply for your passport months in advance. Nothing new.
2 to 3 months. Thats not bad. I been waiting for my birth certificate and its been 10 years. Lol
Woah no way I got mine pretty quickly. I remember the process. However I was in California at the time. (SF born)
Why would you wait to renew your passport? Especially when it’s so easy to do via mail.
Won a 25k$ trip to a club in Mexico. Passport has yet to come 🙄 not sure i will be able to go 😭
get congressman involve like the lady did
Just renounce your citizenship it’s faster
Why dont people just work instead of running away to fairytale land for the weekend. You’ll be back here before you know it lol get to work
I’ve been gone for 7 months. Don’t see a return trip anywhere in site. Have fun dealing with the dumpster fire that is America right now.
diversity,equity and inclusion not working?
The CBS officers are lazy, what did they do for 2 yrs? They could have worked on it.
Why do I feel people are making a run for it?
They know it too..that’s why they are slowing down the process
Bc they are.. before hyperinflation hits (2-3 years or sooner) people are preparing.
I made a run for it. I’ve been moving around Europe since August and I don’t want to go back. Also if you’re smart and explore your options you can get your passport in the same day of your appointment.
The presenter’s confidence and charisma make this content really enjoyable to watch. 😎
They don’t want you moving around enjoying life….
I’m surprised this many people have the funds to travel internationally with inflation at an all time high.
@J. Bae Great time to go to Japan, or come here to Thailand. The dollar’s strong, and both currencies against it are now weak.
Blinkin give that loser the piece of sh what did you expect
Yeah right. I helped my mom and sister to get one back in January and it took about a month
“I wouldn’t book your vacation until you get your passport!” Common sense everywhere else in the world but In America is considered Pro tip from Travel expert…
Americans and their woke attitudes. We are righteous and we want it now…… That pretty much sums up every aspect of their life.
@A.K.A. AAK you have the king for news. Media. It started a revolution 9mi from my house. 3/5/1770.
Boston Ma. We fight media wars Pg1 US HISTORY CLASS nowadays.
When everyone else is done you will get your 2020 ballot back. Your deport ticket.
This is actually not a pro tip. Booking the tickets before getting a passport is the easiest way to get a passport. The requirement for getting an expedited appointment directly at the passport agency is having urgent travel plans within 14 days after your appointment. Maybe this just isn’t common knowledge, but it’s how I got mine in August of 2022 the same day of my appointment.
Passport bros, on the up! Shot out!
No, SEEMS LIKE HORRIBLE MANAGING OF MONEY…. WE ARE SPENDING THE MOST MONEY THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER SPENT AND WE CANT FIX SIMPLE THINGS LIKE A PASSPORT REGISTRY!
Why are people travel aren’t we in a recession
not in recession, no. labor market is lit
Post Pandemic travel – CONTINUATION – Not Surge.
No need passport, you can go to any country you wanna by blink of eye, you do not believe my just go and ask them 👽👽🛸🛸, 😂🤣😂🤣
I’m already out of the country and I’m about to be stuck
I submitted renewal application in late-Jan, never heard a word from them again.
State Department in general is a mess. Try getting anything from a U Embassy abroad. Half the time you can’t reach a human for help, they don’t answer emails, and their recorded message says they don’t answer phones because there is a pandemic.
Don’t overwork them…..they may just go on strike, protest and riot.
You can blame biden for this
Your government in action
They trying to keep the $$ within the states
Sure blame it on the people……nit the incompetence of lazy gvmt workers
This network is a DISGRACE
Bottle neck isnt paperwork or the portal. It is the special printing machines.
These special printing machines are many tens of millions dollars each and require infasturture to be built like conveyor and other systems. Each machines is like a printing press.
It would be a waste of tax money to expand the numbers when after the surgre all the spare priniting capacity would be wasted.
illegit joe can’t run the government or trains
People want out of America…they want to exercise their options. 😆
I remember I have to make an appointment for USPS. My passport was about to expire.
They told me, I need a passport photo too.
The good thing is that they also do the photo.
I sent it in around January and finally got my passport in April. It cost like almost $160.
It did it around 2021. Usually, your passport last about 10 years.
I did mine back in 2019 and it cost me $120
thought you were going somewhere? Gov says NOPE
This is your typical government at work. It happened at the early stage of this Covid pandemic. And now this. Government has different excuses for their incompetence.
Everybody! Passports, Licensed firearms, and large (depending on what that means to you) cash withdrawals are taking more time to sort out than ever. Do it anyway!! WW3 is coming.
Ireland lady, cj leonard, total Karen.
How about don’t wait last minute to renew your passport? Problem solved.
I thought this was an issue in 2021-22? Why haven’t we hired more people prior? 2 months prior? Wow what a Karen.
I hate being reliant on government systems that are slow, outdated, and inefficient.
i thought a first-world country has the best system to produce its citizens’ passports. i live in what they called a third-world country but i got my passport in less than a month.
The US has a system for people to get a passport quickly, but people are too lazy to travel directly to the agencies. I got my passport the same day of my appointment in August of 2022. I didn’t even know I was leaving the country until a few days before that.
They just want people to be here for their staged event…New World Order
I applied the first week of January and I did express everything and I still haven’t received mine. I’m supposed to travel next month. Kinda nervous
If you have urgent travel plans you can apply for an appointment directly at the passport agency and have your passport the same day of the appointment. I did this in August of 2022. I think your appointment just has to be within 14 days of your travel plans. It was getting late while at the agency and i didn’t know if i would get mine that day, so i asked. The lady told me they can’t leave work until everyone who has an appointment gets their passport.
Just like the lady in this video, send an email to your congressperson
I looked up my Cruise line info and it said the combo of Current Dr License and Original or Certified copy of Birth certificate works too.
2 months before going to Ireland?!? I wouldn’t even do that on the average day let alone post covid.
You dont need a passport to get into USA our borders are open
Still blaming things on the pandemic from 4 years ago 😂
Yes.. all the b.s is due to that we will never recoup from that….how about the high prices and extra charges.. oh is due to COVID…
I was able to renew online as soon as they opened the portal. I even took my picture at home. I hope they open that option again.
Don’t worry, most Americans have never been overseas. In fact, some Americans refuse to leave the country…
As an American traveling Europe for the past 7 months, this is so true and sad. Americans have one of the highest ranking passports but are brainwashed into thinking the world is too dangerous for them.
Uncle Sam is a complete failure
passport bro movement is strong. 🤣
No passport needed when coming in from Mexico and free money available!
I have renewed my passport it took from feb-6 thru Mar-18 expedited. I was thinking at would take longer…😊😊😊
Wish me luck I travel June 7th, and sent my application last week, i checked my bank account this morning & they cashed my check already, I expedited everything 😮 but after seeing this clip it’s got me a little nervous
I received mine in 4 weeks. It arrived yesterday. Stop panic busting. All you are doing is just going to help the government increase the fees. BTW no need to get your Congress woman involved!
I sent out my renewal application last week expedited everything, I got a family trip booked for June 7th😮 that gives me 10 weeks left I hope I get it in time
what happen everyone trying to get out of this shithole country?
my passport doesn’t expire till 2030.. ppl thought I was crazy for getting my passport renewed in the beginning of 2021 but I knew this time would come so I got a PP card and global entry just incase. I paid extra to get it quickly for no reason. I didn’t have a trip. I just knew at some point it would be a struggle worldwide. UK is also having these issues now.
ChatGPT could process those passports in about 5-10 minutes, and then write a 500 page essay about pirates.
Buying your ticket before having your passport is like planning your wedding when you’re single.
Not really. I needed a passport quickly, so i bought the cheapest one way plane ticket to the Dominican republic that i could find. I scheduled an expedited appointment at the New Orleans passport center and had it within a few days. If i remember right, you can schedule an appointment within 14 days of your travel plans and get it the same day. Very easy and no issues.
Bull-hocky, they have laid people off, and haven’t replaced workers. Computers and AI running things. It’s not profitable! So, Off Line.
TILT. Remember when people needed to leave China and Russia?
Anyone who travels a lot knows an online passport will take at least 3 to 4 months. 2 months is laughable.
Hmm, got mine in 2 weeks
no, it’s because of all the m1grants that have come in… Don’t spread fake news..
Last year, took 6 months to renew my passport- got stuck inside the US even though I live in Mexico. Also tried to renew my Global Entry. Submitted application August 2022. Hasn’t even been reviewed yet. My Mexican partner went, “Wow, I can get a new passport in less than 3 weeks, and that’s not even expedited?” Yeah, I know, the whole US government is just profoundly incompetent.
What about new passports?
Just got mine in the mail, paid the expedite fee and it only took a few weeks, don’t know what they are on about
You renew them every 10 years and every time there’s a backlog. What’s new? You should know that an American passport takes more than 3 months to arrive.
I love how they’re saying the backlog is because of post-pandemic travel increases, but we issued 22 million passports last year with zero issue and have already met that number this year (in March). The backlog is caused by people trying to get OUT of America, not post-pandemic travel. Pay attention.
That is absolutely True.
Our economy must be really booming with all these international vacations and trips.
No people are fleeing 🙄
@ caamir zaki.
That’s possible. Trumpanzee will start his 2nd civil war at the rate he’s going.
I wonder if I can ship myself to Ireland?
@caamir zaki Facts. 🎯🎯🎯
When was the last time they didn’t take forever to process that renewal?
Last time I renewed, it was pretty quick.
Raise the prices of everything. People are seemingly complaining about inflation, YET they can afford to take extravagant costly trips abroad. Sounds like a bunch of either propaganda or LIES which one is it?
Most Americans don’t realize how expensive it is to actually live in America compared to some amazing places in Europe. I’ve been traveling between countries in Europe for the past 7 months and I’ve spent so much less than I would have just living normally in the US. This includes the cost of plane tickets, bus tickets, food, insurance, apartments, seaside resorts, and everything else. I’m not rich at all, it’s just genuinely cheaper than living in the US. Obviously this isn’t the same for every country in Europe. I’ve been traveling between Albania, Kosovo, and Turkey. The most expensive thing you will pay for is the ticket to get to this part of the world. I only bought a one way ticket because I knew I wouldn’t be coming back any time soon.
This trip has made me feel terrible for people thinking they are escaping harder lives by immigrating to the US in this time (obviously some people would be better off immigrating).
This anchor has a really nice voice👍🏼 (no mahu 😂)
Passport Bros know the real reason for the delay 🤫…🛩️🏝️
I renewed mine in London. Took two weeks.
And descendants of enslaved people like me and the United States are going back to Africa and Ghana a lot of us are getting passports
Understand this is government at its finest. An increase in requests only interferes with breaks and sensitivity classes. Do you want to travel? Go to Chicago. Always needing bodies.
Surge, but the news told me Americans are hurting for extra free funds. Maybe credit
Took me 10 months to get it
Yeah right. We all know it’s due to passport wives. Men are leaving to find women elsewhere. I am sure if you do a survey it will show 99.9% are men.
Right after they made it harder for asylum seekers to leave America for Canada?
Maybe it’s my overactive pattern recognition, but they’d better fix this passport problem soon.
Although, there’s that antibiotic resistant yeast infection flaring up all over the place, travel might get shut down again anyway.
Start working OT
It’s that bad 😉
retirees leaving to live in developing nations to avoid inflation and lower cost of living
No wonder people keep dying when news outlets think we are “post-pandemic”.
My ordeal isn’t with renewal, it’s with getting one for the first time. Hopefully won’t have to wait too long for that
A rush to visit Haiti lol a Rush to get viral Foreign abandonments such as Hitler’s and Saddams fortress
The advice from Pros – stop working remotely and get back to the office